Christmas Trees Galore!

Oh my goodness, y'all.  I love December.  Really, really, really love it.  Christmas is my absolute most favorite time of the year!  This week we started reading Night Tree by Eve Bunting.  It's such a sweet story and leads to wonderful conversations!!
 After reading the book twice and talking a lot about the forest, we made our forest landscapes today.  For our writing I decided that I wanted my students to think about the forest with all of their senses.  We did a sensory poem of sorts.  I played sound effects from the forest from YouTube and referred back to the book a lot as we discussed being able to see, touch, taste, feel, and smell things in the forest!  Then, I gave my students the opportunity to draw their landscapes and color with oil pastels.  I have THESE oil pastels from Amazon.  They pretty much thought it was the best activity ever!!  I love how they are all unique and different!
 I wanted to stick with the tree theme in math, so we used the tree craft from our Night Tree unit.  I had my students make three trees for the different types of subtraction problems.  Underneath we wrote our problems so that the front would be nice and clean!
 They really enjoyed doing this activity also!  You can grab the labels that I used HERE.  We are chanting away BIG time with subtraction this week!
 In keeping with the tree theme, we went ahead and made one of our parent Christmas gifts.  This is one of the easiest and least-teacher intensive ornaments EVER!  You can go HERE for a tutorial!
AND, because it IS December 1st and all... 
Wearing a Christmas t-shirt was an absolute MUST!  I sure do love these shirts from Claire Lynn.  Don't forget, you can grab Rooted in Reading AND everything else on sale until tonight (Dec 1st) at midnight!

3 comments:

Courtney B said...

Love that cupcake Christmas tree! You are on the ball to already have your gift done. Love your shirt too!

Positively Learning said...

Oh my goodness...those subtraction trees! They could be cute with fall/spring colors to use all year, too! Thanks for all the ideas :) Jen

Melissa S said...

I love this idea! We're doing a unit on addition with 3 digits and I'm going to adapt this to use with my babies! Subtraction is coming up too, but I'm not sure we'll get there before Christmas. Thanks for sharing your neat ideas with us! I love love love your products!!!
Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family!